Pacific Elaenia (Myiopagis subplacens)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Laquipampa, Lambayeque

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Guayas, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Quebrada Frejolillo, Lambayeque

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The Pacific Elaenia is olive-brown above. The wings are olive-brown without edging or wing bars. The crown is dusky bordered by a grayish superciliary. It has a bright yellow but semi-concealed crown patch. The sides of the head are grizzled with a black ear patch or stripe. The throat and breast are gray grading to yellow towards the rest of the underparts. It forages alone in the canopy of humid and semi-deciduous forests. It is similar to the Greenish Elaenia but is distinguished by a larger size, upright posture, and a black ear patch and more patterned head.

Status: The Pacific Elaenia is fairly common in the humid, semi-deciduous forest and tall scrub of northwest Peru where it ranges up to 1800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Ec.

Name in Spanish: Fío-Fío del Pacífico.

Sub-species: Pacific Elaenia (Myiopagis subplacens), (P. L. Sclater), 1862.

Meaning of Name: Myiopagis: Gr. muia, muias= fly and pagis= trap, snare. subplacens: L. sub= near to; specific name an Elaenia placens, P. Sclater, 1859.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.